USSSA Baseball

Local Mudcats win Global World Series

Waynesville-based 12-and-under baseball team finished 2014 season ranked No. 1 in N.C.’s USSSA power rankings
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jul 10, 2014
Photo by: Heath Sutton The Waynesville-based Carolina Mudcats. Front row, from left, are Conner Seagraves, Skip Moss, Hunter Bryson, Jarrett Penland, Dan Birkle and Dylan Burt. Back row, from left, are Bengie Dillard, Jack Sutton, Tye Chastain, Mick Meguiar, Jacob Frizzell

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina — The Waynesville-based No. 1-ranked Carolina Mudcats AAA 12-and-under baseball team went 7-0 and won the USSSA Baseball Global World Series, July 4-8, at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The slugging Mudcats outscored their seven opponents, 79-19, including a 12-4 pounding of Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Outlaws in the championship game.
“I am just so happy for the kids,” said Mudcats Manager Heath Sutton. “They played lights out. They have put in the time to get to this point and they earned this World Series trophy. The defense and pitching was solid throughout the entire  tournament. I think what is the most impressive fact about this tournament is against some of the best teams in the country, our kids allowed just 19 runs in seven games. Another great thing is about 10 of these kids will get to play for the Haywood Post 47 junior legion ballclub beginning next season.”
Beginning Friday afternoon in the first game of pool play, the Mudcats beat the Oklahoma City Bulldogs 10-2, while pitcher Jack Sutton struckout 13 batters in five innings in the 9-0 shellacking of the Richmond (Virginia) Outlaws in the second game.
In  the third game of pool play on Saturday, the Carolina Mudcats hammered the Charleston (West Virginia) Wild, 14-2, and crushed the Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) Stealers, 15-2, on Sunday in the final game to earn the No. 1 seed from Pool A.
In Monday’s first bracket game, the Mudcats trounced Roanoke (Virginia) Outlaws, 11-3, to advance  into Tuesday’s semifinal game (July 8), which they edged the Carolina Outlaws, 9-6, to earn one spot in the championship game.
In the elimination game, the Myrtle Beach Outlaws squeaked by the Roanoke Outlaws, 11-7, to earn another shot at the Carolina Mudcats.
“Just look at the runs allowed and you can tell we rode our pitchers Jack (Sutton), Tye (Chastain), Jarrett Penland, Hunter Bryson, Daniel Birkle, and Jacob Frizzell. That group did an outstanding job shutting down our opponents.”
A total of 75 kids participated in the four events in the Global World Series Skills Competition. (Jack) Sutton won the home run derby, blasting nine tape-measure shots with 10 swings and Mickey Meguiar won the speed demon competition, racing around the bases (home to home) with a winning time of 12.4 seconds.   
The Carolina Mudcats 12U AAA baseball team finished this spring 2014 season with a 37-5 overall record, five tournament titles,  ranked No. 1 in the state’s USSSA power ratings (based on strength of schedule and teams played), ranked No. 1 in North Carolina USSSA points rankings with 1,625 (earned points during tournament games) and finished ranked fourth in the nation in power ratings for the 12-and-under AAA division.  
Mudcats from Haywood County are Skip Moss, Jarrett Penland, (Jack) Sutton and (Heath) Sutton.
“Most of our kids take baseball lessons from Eryk McConnell (the manager of the Haywood Post 47 Doughboys) and Mitchell Whitner,” said (Heath) Sutton. “Every one of the these kids live, eat and sleep baseball.”